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Now-casting and the real-time data-flow



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Giannone D;Banbura M;Modugno M;Reichlin L

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The term now-casting is a contraction for now and forecasting and has been used for a long time in meteorology and recently also in economics. In this chapter we survey recent developments in economic now-casting with special focus on those models that formalize key features of how market participants and policymakers read macroeconomic data releases in real-time, which involves monitoring many data, forming expectations about them and revising the assessment on the state of the economy whenever realizations diverge sizeably from those expectations.


Macroeconomic news; Macroeconomic forecasting; High-dimensional data; Real-time data; Mixed frequency; Dynamic factor model, State-space models

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